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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning satellite imagery...
Each continent is covered by a stunning set of full colour satellite photos, with accompanying text, and continues a great tradition of excellence from Cassell Illustrated, e.g. "Inside the Body: Fantastic Images from Beneath the Skin".
The imagery contrasts both the prevailing immense beauty of our physical world (including key contributions by man, such as the Taj...
Published on 4 Dec 2005 by K. McCarthy

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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
This `coffee table' size books is, as described a selection of satellite images of the earth, arranged by continents. Each is beautifully produced with text commentary but there are at least two problems:
(i) The book was produced in 2005 but with packages such as Google Earth, some of the `normal' photos of cities or areas look quite familiar to our...
Published on 28 Aug 2011 by Andrew Walker


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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning satellite imagery..., 4 Dec 2005
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K. McCarthy "Kevin" (Kent) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Above the World: Stunning Satellite Images From Above Earth (Hardcover)
Each continent is covered by a stunning set of full colour satellite photos, with accompanying text, and continues a great tradition of excellence from Cassell Illustrated, e.g. "Inside the Body: Fantastic Images from Beneath the Skin".
The imagery contrasts both the prevailing immense beauty of our physical world (including key contributions by man, such as the Taj Mahal and the Vatican State) with the deforestation of South America and increasing light pollution within the "developed" world.
Whether you consider yourself a global or "armchair" traveller this text is a MUST for your Christmas list.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Above the world, 21 April 2012
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What a fantastic book, the photographs are stunning. I bought this book with a view to using the pics as a source for making felt pictures with machine embroidery. Biggest problem - which one to select.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed, 28 Aug 2011
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Andrew Walker "Andrew Walker" (Glasgow, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Above the World: Stunning Satellite Images From Above Earth (Hardcover)
This `coffee table' size books is, as described a selection of satellite images of the earth, arranged by continents. Each is beautifully produced with text commentary but there are at least two problems:
(i) The book was produced in 2005 but with packages such as Google Earth, some of the `normal' photos of cities or areas look quite familiar to our "second-decade-of-the-21st-century" eyes.
(ii) You might be wondering what I mean by `normal' photos and that's the second problem: the other type of photo included highlights electromagnetic radiation and shows it in different colours, described as being like works of art. For example, I have the book open at a picture of Budapest, where the city shows purple and the Bakony Forest to the west and north shows up as red. Pictures of the Maldives show up as light blue and the hills inland from Mumbai are green and ochre. This probably depends very much on your taste but the unusual colours really didn't work for me - it was if nature on its own was not good enough so mankind has to colour it in to make it impressive. I'm sure features don't show up as much without the highlighting in red, purple and so on, but that's why we use labels and captions to explain.

This book might work really well for you, but I was disappointed and my copy is off to the charity shop.

The other thing you should know is that there are two versions of this book on the Amazon website and one is £6 cheaper than the other despite being newer!
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